‘Deep Down Dead’ was published in paperback by Orenda Books on the 5th January 2017 and is also available as an eBook. The first book in the Lori Anderson series, this is Steph Broadribb’s debut novel. I would like to say thank you to Karen Sullivan for very kindly sending me a copy to review.
Lori Anderson, a Florida bounty hunter is as tough as they come. After everything she has been through she has to be. Lori is a single mother to nine-year-old Dakota who is suffering from leukaemia. With the hospital bills starting to mount up she could do with some extra cash and fast. Dakota needs to keep getting treatment. Then Lori is offered a job which isn’t really ideal as she is being assigned to haul back no other than her former mentor, JT who taught her everything she knows, a man who knows the secrets of her past. It’s hard but it’s got to be done as the money being offered is too good to refuse. It sounds like a straightforward pick up which is just as well as she has no choice but to take her daughter along with her. But as Lori is about to find out things aren’t that simple and she soon wonders what she has let herself in for.
Wow! Where do I start? I admit that when I first read the press release I wasn’t too sure if I would like this book even though I love crime fiction. I didn’t know if it would be for me. How wrong was I! I know that the publisher has a real eye for talent so decided to give it a go. The prologue left me totally intrigued and needing to know more. The words literally jumped off the pages and I was drawn right into the story. I found it really hard to put down this book and couldn’t wait for a chance to read more. I have to say, I can’t actually believe that this is a debut novel as the author writes so confidently.
I took an instant liking to Lori. She was a feisty woman who didn’t give up no matter what was thrown at her. Put a gun to her head and she would still be planning her escape even if the chances were slim. She’s my new heroine. It’s such a pity that her little girl had to get caught up in all the drama. There were things that she just shouldn’t have seen. For a nine-year-old she was very brave though. JT was very nice too and I just wished things could have been different. There were also a number of not so nice characters who would give you nightmares for life. Some of what went on was just pure evil.
‘Deep Down Dead’ is a truly amazing book. It’s an exciting and gripping read with non-stop action. So much is packed into three days. It’s like being on an eternal rollercoaster ride.
If you’re a fan of crime then you have to read this book. But please don’t just take my word for it. Get yourself a copy and lose yourself in it. I really can’t wait for the second book in the series.
This is definitely going to be one of my top books of 2017.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
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